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In the Event of an Emergency

The Reverend Matt Gaventa
Matthew 18:1-14

A Reading from the Gospel of Matthew At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, ‘Truly I tell …

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APNC for Campus Pastor Update – September 10, 2015

Your Associate Pastor Nominating Committee again asks for your prayers as we continue this search and discernment process.  Each APNC member has read 37 Personal Information Forms (PIFs) and now we are proceeding to the next steps.  Our denomination’s guidance tells us, “The discernment process is an exciting journey that will take you through the specific steps but moves according to the Spirit’s timing.”   We will not be commenting on the identity or status of any particular candidate, but we want to move as quickly and carefully as God provides.

Associate Pastor Nominating Committee Update – August 13, 2015

On March 22, the UPC congregation elected the members listed below as the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC) for the Designated Associate Pastor for Campus Ministry. The role of this APNC is to discern God’s call for this pastoral position, subject to approval by our regional body (Mission Presbytery) and by our congregation.

Our committee has met three times and is busy at work on the Ministry Information Form (MIF). The MIF describes our church and the role of the associate pastor for campus ministry at our church. This document must be approved by Session and by Mission Presbytery. Then it will be posted to the Church Leadership Connection website of our national body, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), where it will be matched with Personal Information Forms (PIF) from pastors and persons seeking ordination. PIFs can also be self-referred.

We plan to give you timely updates concerning our progress as we prayerfully fulfill the task for which you elected us. Your APNC will be able to give you information about this process and will do our best to answer questions that you might ask. Please feel free to write us at [email protected].

Items of interest:

What is a Designated Associate Pastor?

  • A “Designated Associate Pastor” is an “Associate Pastor” called for a designated term, in this case two years.
  • A person in a Designated call is an installed pastor and a member of the Session. Thus, the process of calling a Designated Associate Pastor is in every other respect identical to that required to call any Associate Pastor.
  • At the end of the designated term, after mutual discernment of the pastors and the session, the Designated Associate’s relationship with the congregation may end or it may be converted to an Associate Pastor (indefinite term) by a simple vote of the congregation.

What steps are followed in this process?

  • Session formally requests approval from Mission Presbytery’s Commission on Ministry (COM) to create a new position of Designated Associate Pastor (completed)
  • Position approved by the COM and an APNC authorized (completed)
  • Congregation elects the members of the APNC (completed)
  • COM Liaison meets with APNC (completed)
  • MIF (Ministry Information Form) is prepared and circulated (completed Aug ’15)
  • An authentic, thorough search is undertaken by using PIFs that are self-referred or that are matched to UPC by the Church Leadership Connection
  • Candidate is examined by the Committee on Ministry of Mission Presbytery
  • Candidate is called by the congregation
  • Administrative Commission appointed to install or to ordain and install the new associate
  • Candidate is given a two-year contract, which may be extended.

The request of our committee is that you keep us in prayer as we, in turn, listen for God’s guidance and wisdom.

Emily Givens       Les Gage       Neal Grice       Diane Eddison       Cathy Morgan

Acronyms and Abbreviations

APNC – Associate Pastor Nominating Committee

MIF – Ministry Information Form – This document describes UPC as well as the position and desired gifts of our associate pastor for campus ministry. It also includes descriptions of UPC ministries and UPC demographics.

PIF – Personal Information Form – This document is completed by persons seeking a pastoral position

COM – Committee on Ministry (of Mission Presbytery)

PC(USA) – Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

LC – Church Leadership Connection – Church Leadership Connection (CLC) is the Internet-based matching and referral system of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). A system of login IDs and passwords helps guarantee security and confidentiality within CLC.

 

Associate Pastor Nominating Committee Update – May 28, 2015

On March 22, the UPC congregation elected the members listed below as the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC) for the Designated Associate Pastor for Campus Ministry. The role of this APNC is to discern God’s call for this pastoral position, subject to approval by our regional body (Mission Presbytery) and by our congregation.

Emily Givens       Les Gage       Neal Grice       Diane Eddison       Cathy Morgan

Our committee has met three times and is busy at work on the Ministry Information Form (MIF). The MIF describes our church and the role of the associate pastor for campus ministry at our church. This document must be approved by Session and by Mission Presbytery. Then it will be posted to the Church Leadership Connection website of our national body, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), where it will be matched with Personal Information Forms (PIF) from pastors and persons seeking ordination. PIFs can also be self-referred.

We plan to give you timely updates concerning our progress as we prayerfully fulfill the task for which you elected us. Your APNC will be able to give you information about this process and will do our best to answer questions that you might ask. Please feel free to write us at [email protected].

What is a Designated Associate Pastor?

  • A “Designated Associate Pastor” is an “Associate Pastor” called for a designated term,
    in this case two years.
  • A person in a Designated call is an installed pastor and a member of the Session. Thus, the process of calling a Designated Associate Pastor is in every other respect identical to that required to call any Associate Pastor.
  • At the end of the designated term, after mutual discernment of the pastors and the session, the Designated Associate’s relationship with the congregation may end or it may be converted to an Associate Pastor (indefinite term) by a simple vote of the congregation.

What steps are followed in this process?

  • Session formally requests approval from Mission Presbytery’s Commission on Ministry (COM) to create a new position of Designated Associate Pastor completed
  • Position approved by the COM and an APNC authorized completed
  • Congregation elects the members of the APNC completed
  • COM Liaison meets with APNC completed
  • MIF (Ministry Information Form) is prepared and circulated
  • An authentic, thorough search is undertaken by using PIFs that are self-referred or that are matched to UPC by the Church Leadership Connection
  • Candidate is examined by the Committee on Ministry
    of Mission Presbytery
  • Candidate is called by the congregation
  • Administrative Commission appointed to install or to ordain and install the new associate
  • Candidate is given a two-year contract, which may be extended.

The request of our committee is that you keep us in prayer as we, in turn, listen for God’s guidance and wisdom.

~ Cathy Morgan, May 28, 2015